Review: Hostile Cakeover- Takeover (EP)

Posted: July 21, 2014 in Reviews

Takeover cover art

I am going to be accused of bias in praising Keep Track of the Time columnist Read Hard’s recently formed band Hostile Cakeover’s first EP, but, screw it: it is actually really good! The band name is brilliant for one thing, and sets the ton for a fun EP that doesn’t take itself too seriously. This is proper ‘90s/Lookout-style pop-punk that avoids being overly-Ramones-y, and this is best heard in the opening track, which I would possibly put in a top ten pop-punk songs of 2014 so far, if I were to do such a thing. “A Creepy Thing Called Love” is the song title Masked Intruder wished they had thought of first. It sounds nothing like MI however, being instead reminiscent of Boogada-era Weasel, with its fast-paced melodic style and snotty vocals. But, in the next track, Hostile Cakeover demonstrate that they can play a variety of pop-punk styles. “High School Pizza Party” is influenced by a poppier Queers style pop-punk and is perhaps a more typical Ramonescore song than the other three. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be a rip-off of Varsity Weirdo’s “High School Teen Party” or not, but it doesn’t really sound much like it. The only track that doesn’t work so well here is the “lets try something different” one, or the “lets give the guitarist the microphone” one. Sonically, “This Song” is more interesting, demonstrating a slower, more distorted sound, but the vocals are growly and virtually unlistenable. But, oh well, 3 out of 4 for your first ep ain’t bad. Yes, “Takeover” is lo-fi (isn’t that hip right now anyway? Shouldn’t Hostile Cakeover get on the phone to Pitchfork?), but the underlying songs here are obviously good. With better recording in the future and more time spent on songwriting, there is no reason why Hostile Cakeover can’t be as good as any of the more recent slew of Ramonescore bands in the pop-punk underground.

Check it out: http://hostilecakeover.bandcamp.com/album/takeover

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